<pre> Author/s : Solveig Haugland and Floyd Jones Publisher : Prentice Hall Category :Miscellaneous Java Review by : Marcus Green Rating : 10 horseshoes </pre> This book doesn't just tell you how StarOffice is supposed to work, it also tells you about some of its quirks and peculiarities. It includes comments on the differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice and pointers to other useful resources, such as websites with information on creating macros and additional templates that are available from the web. The book uses the OpenOffice.org logo in the margin to indicate a tip specifically for that version of the program. The tone of the book comes across as being created by people who like the program rather than a creation of a faceless corporation. Here is an example of the text style from the section on macros from the last chapter of the book. "Macros can do things like open a file when you do a particular task, process data, or buy your grandmothers' credit cards and buy $3000 worth of cat toys. The StarOffice suite has a huge amount of functionality and this book covers most of the functionality you are likely to use. The book is in paperback and has a 40 page alphabetical index. It doesn't try to do it in a visual style with a screen shot for every mouse click but via text instructions. I learnt a huge amount of new features despite having worked extensively with StarOffice for over two years. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who intends to use StarOffice.
Hi Marcus, Thanks! I'm glad that it was helpful. That's the thing Floyd and I had as the raven over our doors the whole time we were writing it. What if people read it and nothing they want to do is in there? Especially since they'd be right next door and could hunt us down? Oh, and just on a general note for anyone reading, 6.0 is so much better than 5.2. (SO 6.0 and OpenOffice.org 1.0x are both way better.) I've been using Writer, Impress and Calc to write training materials and by golly, it's pretty good. Solveig PS If you had an overwhelming urge to add that review on Amazon, I wouldn't hate you for it. ;> [ February 22, 2003: Message edited by: Solveig Haugland ]
I have added a much larger version of that review to the amazon reviews. If you want to see how beautiful the HTML that can be extracted from star office docs take a look at the source at http://www.jchq.net/certkey/0102certkey.htm I spit out HTML from StarOffice then put it through a little perl filter and tidy and voila, a vision of beauty. Marcus